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Yilport Puerto Bolívar is Ready to Welcome Two More Giant Mobile Harbor Cranes

Two mobile harbor cranes from Gottwald sailed from Westdore, Holland on July 31, 2019. The cranes are expected to arrive at Yilport Puerto Bolívar in Ecuador on August 27 and bring the number of MHCs to four cranes. These two cranes will be in operation in November 2019. The Gottwald HMK 8410 Mobile Harbor Cranes have 58 meters working radius, 100 tons safe working load, 60 meters boom length and are capable of serving vessels up to 19 rows wide.


In addition, other Phase 1 investments in Ecuador’s Yilport Puerto Bolívar will be 6 STS gantry cranes and 18 electrified rubber-tired gantry (e-RTG) cranes to be delivered by Mitsui E&S Machinery Co. These gantry cranes will be delivered in three shipments to complete Yilport’s concession commitment for Puerto Bolívar. The first shipment of 2 STS gantry cranes with 22-row outreach and 6 e-RTG cranes will be delivered in January 2020. The second and third shipments to include 4 STS with 24-row outreach and 12 e-RTG cranes will be shipped on July 2020 and January 2021. The first 2 STS cranes will have 62 meters (22 rows) outreach capacity. The other 4 STS cranes will have 67 meters (24 rows) outreach capacity. e-RTG cranes will be 1 over 6 high and 7+1 wide to handle yard operations. All 18 e-RTG cranes will be fitted with state-of-the-art technologies and equipment in order to boost capabilities of the terminal and meet customer expectations of Yilport Holding’s high global standards. After the completion of first phase of dredging operations, the channel and the port currently have -14.5 meters draft. Second part of dredging operation will bring the draft to -16.5 meters to allow Yilport Puerto Bolivar to serve largest container vessels.


Chairman of Yilport Holding, Robert Yuksel Yildirim made the following remarks:


“Yilport Holding continues to invest in Puerto Bolívar to elevate the port among the leading terminals capable of handling ultra-large container vessels in the West Coast of Latin America. Our strong growth in 2018 with 27% volume increase is a clear proof of our never-ending efforts to get better and dominate the market in the region. Our investments are just the tip of the iceberg for our plan to create not only Ecuador’s but also Latin America’s one of the greatest terminals. After receiving shipments of our gantry cranes, our port will be a complete ‘game changer’ in the region.”


Yilport Holding holds 50-year concession to operate Puerto Bolívar in Machala City, Ecuador since August 2016. Yilport committed to develop Puerto Bolívar into the largest and the most advanced state-of-the-art terminal on the Pacific Coast of Latin America. This is also the largest Turkish investment in Latin America. Puerto Bolívar will increase the capacity to 2.5 million TEUs in 5 phases of investment and modernization.